June 28, 1997 |
The charred shell of a house overlooking the river in this Baltic port city keeps a dirty secret. Somebody, on a winter night a year and a half ago, was filled with enough hate to torch the four-story building that housed asylum-seekers from Africa and the Middle East, along with new immigrants from Poland. Ten people died, some in the smoke and flames, others when they jumped from windows. Thirty-nine more were injured, some critically.